Louisiana

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The Bayou State welcomes you to come as you are, thus inciting a motto of inclusion that should also engage and encompass Louisianans with disabilities in the general workforce and economic mainstream. 

2014 State Population.
0.52%
Change from
2013 to 2014
4,649,676
2014 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-0.27%
Change from
2013 to 2014
366,981
2014 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
2.35%
Change from
2013 to 2014
117,943
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
2.61%
Change from
2013 to 2014
32.14%
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0%
Change from
2013 to 2014
72.43%

General

2012 2013 2014
Population. 4,601,893 4,625,470 4,649,676
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 375,698 367,973 366,981
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 129,115 115,176 117,943
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,762,757 1,779,604 1,780,193
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 34.37% 31.30% 32.14%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 72.57% 72.43% 72.43%
Overall unemployment rate. 7.10% 6.70% 6.40%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 26.20% 25.50% 26.30%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 18.90% 18.80% 18.80%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 330,504 336,497 316,825
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 355,768 342,949 355,453
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 442,703 431,663 428,084
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 217,954 223,134 219,214
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 21,502 18,607 18,305
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 5,483 5,139 5,058
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 3,540 4,891 5,931
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 10,494 11,977 10,407
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 5,353 2,425 3,408

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 5,699 5,655 5,719
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 3.40% 3.30% 3.40%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 154,283 156,752 157,558

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 2,076 3,420 3,561
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 6,989 13,224 5,216
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 17,780 24,387 25,711
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 11.70% 14.00% 13.90%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.40% 1.50% 1.00%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.90% 3.70% 1.50%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 3.00% 6.90% 6.60%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 63.20% 85.30% 81.50%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 108 217 158
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 514 559 231
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 813 1,031 1,055
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 16,963 12,714 12,972

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 6,677 12,198 18,478
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.02 0.03 0.04

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2011 2012 2013
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 1,168 882 1,475
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 438 362 646
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 38.00% 41.00% 44.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 9.57 7.87 13.97

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
8,788
N/A
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 289 N/A N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 553 N/A N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 2,388 N/A N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 2,060 N/A N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 2,558 N/A N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 940 N/A N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 15.70% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 4,628 4,540
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 270,043 269,626
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 540 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 204 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2011 2012 2013
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $12,090,000 $13,941,000 $13,747,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $8,183,000 $8,435,000 $8,119,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $10,529,000 $12,018,000 $12,507,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0 $0 $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 33.00% 32.00% 31.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. N/A 0 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 1,574 1,583 1,560
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 1,792 2,059 2,103
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 35.90 37.10 36.40

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2011 2012 2013
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 61.20% 62.40% 62.37%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 13.50% 14.02% 13.90%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.30% 1.33% 1.36%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 77.00% 100.00% 100.00%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 25.00% 28.70% 33.42%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 68.00% 74.44% 74.25%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 86.00% 88.19% 87.65%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 43.00% 45.74% 40.83%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 721,050
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 2
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 131,005
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 197,993
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 328,998
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 137
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 217
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 354
AbilityOne wages (products). $1,286,952
AbilityOne wages (services). $2,116,168

 

WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION: 14(c) CERTIFICATE-HOLDING ENTITIES OUTCOMES

2014 2015
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 1 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 75 71
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 11
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 82
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. N/A 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 3,009
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 414
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 3,423

 


Louisiana House Bill No. 598 - 06/11/2015

“…The ABLE Account Program is hereby created and shall be administered by the ABLE Account Authority, refereed to hereafter as “the authority” to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting persons with disabilities in endeavors to maintain health, independence, and quality of life…”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Resource Leveraging

Louisiana House Bill 508

To enact RS. 47:297.13, relative to income taxation; to provide relative to individual and corporation income tax deductions; to authorize an income tax deduction for taxpayers w employ certain qualified disabled individuals; to provide for certain definitions; to provide for certain requirements and limitations; to provide for an effective date; and to provide for related matters.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.


Louisiana’s “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA) Framework - 09/28/2016

“Long-term indicators: To foster a better understanding of how skills taught in schools translate to life after high school, Louisiana will provide to schools and school systems an annual series of reports on the postsecondary success and economic productivity of their graduates as a group. These reports will provide local communities and educators with aggregated data regarding the measurable life outcomes experienced by recent graduates, including income, employment, and education attainment information

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals “Employment for People with Disabilities is a Priority in Louisiana” - 10/01/2014

On Wednesday, October 1, 2014, individuals with disabilities, employers and advocates gathered on the Capitol steps to call attention to the importance of employment for people with disabilities and the beginning of Louisiana’s observance of National Disability Employment Awareness month.

Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) Secretary Kathy H. Kliebert outlined her agency’s efforts to promote employment for people with disabilities. “The role of work in our lives has been talked about so much and from nearly every angle. Issues like work-life balance make easy headlines, but what is often left out of the discussion all too frequently is that for some individuals work hasn’t always been an option,” said DHH Secretary Kliebert. “We want to make sure that our family members, friends and neighbors with disabilities have the ability to work if they choose to do so. We are dedicated to using waiver services, supports and provider relationships to help make that possible. I want to thank our the Workforce Commission, the Advocacy Center and our other partners for continuing to work to ensure that work is an option for any Louisiana resident who wishes to join the labor force."
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Louisiana Employment First Initiative Memo - 06/01/2011

“The OCDD official position statement on Employment First: Employment will be the primary outcome for all persons receiving OCDD services who are of working age. Employment is characterized by typical jobs with competitive compensation that are fully integrated into the workplace. A more thorough implementation statement with further detailed definitions, desired outcomes and operational procedures will be released as they are finalized.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Louisiana OCDD and Employment First - 06/01/2011

The Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) believes that it is time to improve employment outcomes for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in Louisiana.   Over the last few years the term “Employment First” has become widely used to describe how state and local systems across the country articulate the values and philosophy which support employment services available to individuals and families.   An “Employment First” approach means integrated individual employment is offered before other service options, and that community employment is supported as the priority outcome in policy, practice, and quality management.   The OCDD believes that individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities have the right to work and through partnerships, vision, and creativity, perceived or real barriers to employment can be overcome.   The OCDD believes that all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities CAN work and contribute to their community, when given the opportunity, training, and supports that build on their strengths.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

“Individualized Plan for Employment” Louisiana Department of Rehabilitation Services Policy Manual - 07/01/2010

“The Individualized Plan for Employment, hereafter referred to as IPE, and all subsequent amendments assure that each individual determined eligible for vocational rehabilitation services or determined appropriate for extended evaluation services shall have a formal plan for services.… The format of the IPE, to the maximum extent possible, will be in the language or mode of communication understood by the individual.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

“Students with Disabilities” Louisiana Department of Education Policy on Resources for Special Education and Transition

Early Identification: Research indicates that early identification of unique learning needs can lead to more successful intervention and better student outcomes. Louisiana is committed to identifying unique learning needs and implementing appropriate interventions at the earliest possible point in a student’s academic career. Student Success: All students, regardless of their unique learning needs, should have access to aligned, high-quality instruction that supports those individual needs. Pathways to Prosperity: Louisiana has created pathways to graduation, college, and the workplace for all students that allow students to demonstrate skills and progress through alternate means when appropriate.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council “2016 Disability Rights Day”

The 2016 Disability Rights Day was held on Tuesday, April 5th at the Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge and attended by over 300 LaCAN members from all around Louisiana.  Members joined together to visit with legislators and participate in a rally on the Capitol steps to raise awareness of the importance of funding supports and services people with developmental disabilities need to live in their own homes and be productive members of their communities.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Louisiana Development Disabilities Council 2015 Annual Report

The Council provided financial support for the Employment Mentoring program with its Developmental Disability Network partner, the LSU Health Sciences Center Human Development Center, the state’s University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). The program provided a competency-based training and mentoring program for employment support providers.

508 mentoring hours 27 employment support professionals mentored 113 job seekers with a developmental disability participated · 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Supported Employment Services - Guidance Manual

“Supported Employment services are designed to provide community-based employment for LRS Consumers who are the most significantly disabled and require on-going support and extended services to maintain employment.   Supported Employment significantly expands the options available for persons with the most significant disabilities to achieve and maintain integrated, competitive employment in the community. Supported Employment requires the ongoing services of other organizations and/or natural supports such as co-workers, family, friends, etc. and ongoing extended services when LRS services end; therefore, it is important to consider and include the participation of other individuals and organizations beginning in the planning process.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana’s Demand-Driven Workforce Investment Plan (Workforce Investment Act & the Wagner-Peyser Act)

Vocational Rehabilitation “As a mandated partner in the Workforce Investment Act, the Vocational Rehabilitation Program is instrumental in meeting the workforce needs of individuals with disabilities in the state of Louisiana. The purpose of the VR Program is, in part, ‘to empower individuals with disabilities to maximize employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and inclusion and integration into society.’ The VR Program operates a statewide comprehensive program to assess, plan, develop and provide vocational rehabilitation services for individuals with disabilities, ‘consistent with their strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests and informed choice, so that such individuals may prepare for and engage in gainful employment.’”   W-P Section 8(b) 20 CFR 652.211  “The state has designated at least one person in each state or Federal employment office to promote and develop employment opportunities, job counseling, and placement for individuals with disabilities.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Louisiana's Demand-Driven Workforce Investment Plan - 07/01/2012

Vocational Rehabilitation

“As a mandated partner in the Workforce Investment Act, the Vocational Rehabilitation Program is instrumental in meeting the workforce needs of individuals with disabilities in the state of Louisiana. The purpose of the VR Program is, in part, ‘to empower individuals with disabilities to maximize employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and inclusion and integration into society.’ The VR Program operates a statewide comprehensive program to assess, plan, develop and provide vocational rehabilitation services for individuals with disabilities, ‘consistent with their strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests and informed choice, so that such individuals may prepare for and engage in gainful employment.’”

 

W-P Section 8(b) 20 CFR 652.211

“The state has designated at least one person in each state or Federal employment office to promote and develop employment opportunities, job counseling, and placement for individuals with disabilities.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Louisiana Workforce Commission.

“LRS continues to collaborate with LWC in identifying effective ways to integrate services in BCSCs [Business and Career Solution Centers]. LRS is represented on each of the LWIBs and attends meetings as scheduled. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) established with each of the WIBs is updated annually. Within the 18 WIAs, 63 BCSCs have been established, 18 cost allocation plans have been completed by the WIBs and approved by all parties. LRS continues to pay expenses to the local centers for participation, as per the local cost allocation plans.”

“LWC is working with the Shared Youth Vision workgroup on youth, local workforce boards, youth councils, and community-based organizations to continue development of the systems needed to provide these comprehensive services to eligible youth, including coordination with Job Corps and other youth programs within each local workforce investment area. Vocational rehabilitation is involved in the development of these service strategies to ensure that youth with disabilities or other barriers to employment are included in the comprehensive service strategy.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development

Louisiana FY 2011 Block Grant State Plan

The Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) is a member of the WORK PAY$ committee. “This committee is comprised of community partners and is intended to further the employment of individuals with disabilities in the state of Louisiana. OBH is also working as a collaborative partner on both a state and regional level in the development and implementation of job fairs for individuals with disabilities throughout the state.”

“The Louisiana Work Incentive Planning and Assistance (LAWIPA) program helps Social Security beneficiaries work through issues relating to social security benefits and employment. The program is a coalition between the Advocacy Center of Louisiana and the LSU Health Sciences Center’s Human Development Center. Many individuals with disabilities who receive SSDI and/ or SSI benefits want to work or increase their work activity. One barrier for these individuals is the fear of losing health care and other benefits if they work. Valuable work incentive programs can extend benefits, but are often poorly understood and underutilized. The LAWIPA coalition educates clients and assists them in overcoming work barriers, perceived or real; and also focuses on improved community partnerships. Benefit specialists, called Community Work Incentive Coordinators, provide services to all Louisiana SSDI and SSI beneficiaries age 14 and older who have disabilities. CMHC staff and clients are able to work with Coordinators to help navigate the various work related resources (as offered in conjunction with the Ticket to Work program), and identify on an individualized basis the way their benefits will be impacted by going to work. The ultimate goal of the new WIPA coalition is to support the successful employment of beneficiaries with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Louisiana Medicaid Balancing Incentive Program - 02/08/2013

“Since 2001, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has been engaged in focused, comprehensive system transformation of the long-term care system. These reform efforts have included stakeholder input at all levels and have resulted in changes in laws and regulations, service delivery, and funding priorities. In transforming the long-term care system, the state has committed to rebalancing the service system in order to provide choice between institutional and home and community-based services. The State has been working toward rebalancing its long-term care system by eliminating barriers that prevent or restrict the flexible use of Medicaid funds, increasing the ability of the Medicaid program to assure continued provision of services to people who transition from institutions by consistently increasing funding and slot allocation, improving service menus and rate structures to meet needs, and by ensuring procedures are in place for quality assurance and continuous improvement in services by consolidating licensing authority and improving IT systems tracking critical incidents.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Louisiana Disability Employment Initiative - 10/01/2012

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for youth and adults with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2014 Louisiana was awarded a Round 3 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. The grant ended in 2015.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

Lousiana Community First Choice Program - 06/20/2012

“The Department of Health and Hospitals, Bureau of Health Services Financing and the Office of Aging and Adult Services propose to replace the current [Long-Term Personal Care Services] LT-PCS Program by adopting provisions to establish Community First Choice Option services as a covered service under the Medicaid state plan. The LT-PCS Program shall be terminated upon the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' approval of the corresponding [Community First Choice Option] CFCO state plan amendment.”

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Louisiana Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 10/01/2000

“The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The… program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Louisiana Workforce Investment Act Training Manual

“The WIA Eligible Training Provider Manual provides educational institutions with updated information about the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Louisiana’s Workforce Investment System, and provides the necessary guidance, procedures, and requirements in becoming an Eligible Training Provider (ETP) in Louisiana. The Eligible Training Provider List is a list of providers and their training programs and/or services that qualify for WIA funding eligibility.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Money Follows the Person

In Louisiana, the Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration is known as My Place Louisiana. “The Louisiana Medicaid Office is working with the Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) and the Office of Aging and Adult Services (OAAS) to implement My Place Louisiana which is a ten-year (2008-2018) project focusing on Medicaid funding and following participants in transitioning from nursing facilities, hospitals and ICFs/DD to home and community–based living services.”

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Louisiana State University School of Allied Health Professions Human Development Center

HDC's 40 Hour Supported Employment CORE Training

LSUHSC-Human Development Center (HDC) in collaboration with Louisiana APSE is providing statewide Employment Specialist Core Training. This 40 hour training meets LRS vendor training requirements and Medicaid Employment provider rules. It incorporates APSE's CORE Supported Employment competencies, and includes three and a half days of classroom instruction, fieldwork assignments and online instruction. Class hours are 9:00AM - 4:00PM except for 1/2 days indicated which end at 12:00noon. The fee for this class is $350.

(If you would to schedule a Core training in your region, please send an email to Sue Killam, M.Ed.)

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council “Employment Mentoring”

The Employment Mentoring project will develop, implement, and evaluate a training and mentoring approach that will result in Employment Support Professionals (ESPs) demonstrating competencies in skills which lead to employment outcomes for job seekers with developmental disabilities including those with the most intense support needs in acquiring and maintaining community-based competitive employment.  The project will work with participating Community Rehabilitation Providers (CRPs) to enhance their operations and participating Employment Support Professionals (ESPs) to improve their competencies in the area of supported employment and successful completion of the national Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP) exam.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council 2015 Annual Report

The Council provided financial support for the Employment Mentoring program with its Developmental Disability Network partner, the LSU Health Sciences Center Human Development Center, the state’s University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). The program provided a competency-based training and mentoring program for employment support providers.

508 mentoring hours 27 employment support professionals mentored 113 job seekers with a developmental disability participated · 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities “Resources”

The DHH Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities offers a variety and ever-changing collection of resources, trainings and literature to assist consumers, their families, providers, advocates, and others access relevant materials.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Resource Leveraging

Louisiana WIA Training Manual

“The WIA Eligible Training Provider Manual provides educational institutions with updated information about the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Louisiana’s Workforce Investment System, and provides the necessary guidance, procedures, and requirements in becoming an Eligible Training Provider (ETP) in Louisiana. The Eligible Training Provider List is a list of providers and their training programs and/or services that qualify for WIA funding eligibility.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.


“Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) QUARTERLY DD COUNCIL REPORT September 28, 2016” Detailing DD Waiver Activities. - 09/20/2016

A report detailing Medicaid service levels, as well as a variety of Waivers and initiatives, including, but not limited to, the “residential Option Waiver, the New Opportunities Waiver, and the Self-Directed Waiver, as well as a description of ”Money Follows the Person”.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

The Louisiana Statewide Transition Plan for Compliance with the CMS Home and Community-Based Services Settings Rule - 09/14/2016

“The following represents the Louisiana Work Plan. The purpose of this plan is to guide the development and implementation of a Transition Plan to: 1) provide for a robust input and engagement process for consumers and stakeholders; 2) identify areas of non-compliance; 3) seek intervention strategies to comply with the new setting requirements ; 4) implement strategies to maintain continuous compliance; and 5) ensure quality components are designed into each phase of the Transition Plan to ensure continued compliance.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

LA Supports Waiver (0453.R02.00) - 07/01/2014

This waiver, "provides day hab, habilitation, prevocational services, respite, support coordination, supported employment, housing stabilization service, housing stabilization transition, PERS for individuals w/autism, ID, DD"

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Louisiana Balancing Incentive Program - 02/08/2013

Since 2001, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has been engaged in focused, comprehensive system transformation of the long-term care system. These reform efforts have included stakeholder input at all levels and have resulted in changes in laws and regulations, service delivery, and funding priorities. In transforming the long-term care system, the state has committed to rebalancing the service system in order to provide choice between institutional and home and community-based services. The State has been working toward rebalancing its long-term care system by eliminating barriers that prevent or restrict the flexible use of Medicaid funds, increasing the ability of the Medicaid program to assure continued provision of services to people who transition from institutions by consistently increasing funding and slot allocation, improving service menus and rate structures to meet needs, and by ensuring procedures are in place for quality assurance and continuous improvement in services by consolidating licensing authority and improving IT systems tracking critical incidents.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Lousiana Community First Choice Program - 06/20/2012

“The Department of Health and Hospitals, Bureau of Health Services Financing and the Office of Aging and Adult Services propose to replace the current [Long-Term Personal Care Services] LT-PCS Program by adopting provisions to establish Community First Choice Option services as a covered service under the Medicaid state plan. The LT-PCS Program shall be terminated upon the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' approval of the corresponding [Community First Choice Option] CFCO state plan amendment.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Louisiana's ESEA Flexibility Request - 05/29/2012

“By submitting this flexibility request, the SEA requests flexibility through waivers of the ten ESEA requirements listed below and their associated regulatory, administrative, and reporting requirements by checking each of the boxes below. The provisions below represent the general areas of flexibility requested; a chart appended to the document titled ESEA Flexibility Frequently Asked Questions enumerates each specific provision of which the SEA requests a waiver, which the SEA incorporates into its request by reference.” The Louisiana Department of Education’s ESEA flexibility request was approved on May 29, 2012.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

LA New Opportunities Waiver (0401.R02.00) - 07/01/2011

Provides center-based respite, day hab, employment related training, supported employment, supported living, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment and supplies, adult companion care, community integration and development, environmental accessibility adaptations, housing stabilization, housing stabilization transition, individual and family support, one-time transitional, PERS, professional services, remote assistance, substitute family care for individuals w/autism, IID, MR ages 3 - no max age.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Louisiana Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

"The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The… program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Louisiana CMS HCBS Final Rule and OCDD’s Transition Plan

This presentation aims to build a common understanding of CMS HCBS Community Rule related to settings and present the Transition Plan for the Louisiana Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD). It highlights individual and group supported employment as a employment approach for people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Money Follows the Person

In Louisiana, the Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration is known as My Place Louisiana. “The Louisiana Medicaid Office is working with the Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) and the Office of Aging and Adult Services (OAAS) to implement My Place Louisiana which is a ten-year (2008-2018) project focusing on Medicaid funding and following participants in transitioning from nursing facilities, hospitals and ICFs/DD to home and community–based living services.”

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

States - Large Tablet

Snapshot

The Bayou State welcomes you to come as you are, thus inciting a motto of inclusion that should also engage and encompass Louisianans with disabilities in the general workforce and economic mainstream. 

2014 State Population.
0.52%
Change from
2013 to 2014
4,649,676
2014 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-0.27%
Change from
2013 to 2014
366,981
2014 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
2.35%
Change from
2013 to 2014
117,943
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
2.61%
Change from
2013 to 2014
32.14%
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0%
Change from
2013 to 2014
72.43%

State Data

General

2012 2013 2014
Population. 4,601,893 4,625,470 4,649,676
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 375,698 367,973 366,981
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 129,115 115,176 117,943
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,762,757 1,779,604 1,780,193
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 34.37% 31.30% 32.14%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 72.57% 72.43% 72.43%
Overall unemployment rate. 7.10% 6.70% 6.40%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 26.20% 25.50% 26.30%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 18.90% 18.80% 18.80%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 330,504 336,497 316,825
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 355,768 342,949 355,453
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 442,703 431,663 428,084
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 217,954 223,134 219,214
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 21,502 18,607 18,305
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 5,483 5,139 5,058
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 3,540 4,891 5,931
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 10,494 11,977 10,407
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 5,353 2,425 3,408

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 5,699 5,655 5,719
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 3.40% 3.30% 3.40%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 154,283 156,752 157,558

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 2,076 3,420 3,561
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 6,989 13,224 5,216
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 17,780 24,387 25,711
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 11.70% 14.00% 13.90%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.40% 1.50% 1.00%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.90% 3.70% 1.50%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 3.00% 6.90% 6.60%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 63.20% 85.30% 81.50%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 108 217 158
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 514 559 231
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 813 1,031 1,055
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 16,963 12,714 12,972

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 6,677 12,198 18,478
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.02 0.03 0.04

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2011 2012 2013
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 1,168 882 1,475
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 438 362 646
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 38.00% 41.00% 44.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 9.57 7.87 13.97

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
8,788
N/A
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 289 N/A N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 553 N/A N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 2,388 N/A N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 2,060 N/A N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 2,558 N/A N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 940 N/A N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 15.70% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 4,628 4,540
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 270,043 269,626
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 540 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 204 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2011 2012 2013
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $12,090,000 $13,941,000 $13,747,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $8,183,000 $8,435,000 $8,119,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $10,529,000 $12,018,000 $12,507,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0 $0 $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 33.00% 32.00% 31.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. N/A 0 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 1,574 1,583 1,560
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 1,792 2,059 2,103
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 35.90 37.10 36.40

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2011 2012 2013
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 61.20% 62.40% 62.37%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 13.50% 14.02% 13.90%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.30% 1.33% 1.36%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 77.00% 100.00% 100.00%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 25.00% 28.70% 33.42%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 68.00% 74.44% 74.25%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 86.00% 88.19% 87.65%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 43.00% 45.74% 40.83%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 721,050
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 2
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 131,005
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 197,993
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 328,998
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 137
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 217
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 354
AbilityOne wages (products). $1,286,952
AbilityOne wages (services). $2,116,168

 

WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION: 14(c) CERTIFICATE-HOLDING ENTITIES OUTCOMES

2014 2015
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 1 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 75 71
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 11
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 82
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. N/A 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 3,009
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 414
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 3,423

 

Legislation


Louisiana House Bill No. 598 - 06/11/2015

“…The ABLE Account Program is hereby created and shall be administered by the ABLE Account Authority, refereed to hereafter as “the authority” to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting persons with disabilities in endeavors to maintain health, independence, and quality of life…”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Resource Leveraging

Louisiana House Bill 508

To enact RS. 47:297.13, relative to income taxation; to provide relative to individual and corporation income tax deductions; to authorize an income tax deduction for taxpayers w employ certain qualified disabled individuals; to provide for certain definitions; to provide for certain requirements and limitations; to provide for an effective date; and to provide for related matters.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Executive Orders

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

Policy


Louisiana’s “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA) Framework - 09/28/2016

“Long-term indicators: To foster a better understanding of how skills taught in schools translate to life after high school, Louisiana will provide to schools and school systems an annual series of reports on the postsecondary success and economic productivity of their graduates as a group. These reports will provide local communities and educators with aggregated data regarding the measurable life outcomes experienced by recent graduates, including income, employment, and education attainment information

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals “Employment for People with Disabilities is a Priority in Louisiana” - 10/01/2014

On Wednesday, October 1, 2014, individuals with disabilities, employers and advocates gathered on the Capitol steps to call attention to the importance of employment for people with disabilities and the beginning of Louisiana’s observance of National Disability Employment Awareness month.

Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) Secretary Kathy H. Kliebert outlined her agency’s efforts to promote employment for people with disabilities. “The role of work in our lives has been talked about so much and from nearly every angle. Issues like work-life balance make easy headlines, but what is often left out of the discussion all too frequently is that for some individuals work hasn’t always been an option,” said DHH Secretary Kliebert. “We want to make sure that our family members, friends and neighbors with disabilities have the ability to work if they choose to do so. We are dedicated to using waiver services, supports and provider relationships to help make that possible. I want to thank our the Workforce Commission, the Advocacy Center and our other partners for continuing to work to ensure that work is an option for any Louisiana resident who wishes to join the labor force."
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Louisiana Employment First Initiative Memo - 06/01/2011

“The OCDD official position statement on Employment First: Employment will be the primary outcome for all persons receiving OCDD services who are of working age. Employment is characterized by typical jobs with competitive compensation that are fully integrated into the workplace. A more thorough implementation statement with further detailed definitions, desired outcomes and operational procedures will be released as they are finalized.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Louisiana OCDD and Employment First - 06/01/2011

The Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) believes that it is time to improve employment outcomes for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in Louisiana.   Over the last few years the term “Employment First” has become widely used to describe how state and local systems across the country articulate the values and philosophy which support employment services available to individuals and families.   An “Employment First” approach means integrated individual employment is offered before other service options, and that community employment is supported as the priority outcome in policy, practice, and quality management.   The OCDD believes that individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities have the right to work and through partnerships, vision, and creativity, perceived or real barriers to employment can be overcome.   The OCDD believes that all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities CAN work and contribute to their community, when given the opportunity, training, and supports that build on their strengths.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

“Individualized Plan for Employment” Louisiana Department of Rehabilitation Services Policy Manual - 07/01/2010

“The Individualized Plan for Employment, hereafter referred to as IPE, and all subsequent amendments assure that each individual determined eligible for vocational rehabilitation services or determined appropriate for extended evaluation services shall have a formal plan for services.… The format of the IPE, to the maximum extent possible, will be in the language or mode of communication understood by the individual.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

“Students with Disabilities” Louisiana Department of Education Policy on Resources for Special Education and Transition

Early Identification: Research indicates that early identification of unique learning needs can lead to more successful intervention and better student outcomes. Louisiana is committed to identifying unique learning needs and implementing appropriate interventions at the earliest possible point in a student’s academic career. Student Success: All students, regardless of their unique learning needs, should have access to aligned, high-quality instruction that supports those individual needs. Pathways to Prosperity: Louisiana has created pathways to graduation, college, and the workplace for all students that allow students to demonstrate skills and progress through alternate means when appropriate.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council “2016 Disability Rights Day”

The 2016 Disability Rights Day was held on Tuesday, April 5th at the Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge and attended by over 300 LaCAN members from all around Louisiana.  Members joined together to visit with legislators and participate in a rally on the Capitol steps to raise awareness of the importance of funding supports and services people with developmental disabilities need to live in their own homes and be productive members of their communities.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Louisiana Development Disabilities Council 2015 Annual Report

The Council provided financial support for the Employment Mentoring program with its Developmental Disability Network partner, the LSU Health Sciences Center Human Development Center, the state’s University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). The program provided a competency-based training and mentoring program for employment support providers.

508 mentoring hours 27 employment support professionals mentored 113 job seekers with a developmental disability participated · 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Supported Employment Services - Guidance Manual

“Supported Employment services are designed to provide community-based employment for LRS Consumers who are the most significantly disabled and require on-going support and extended services to maintain employment.   Supported Employment significantly expands the options available for persons with the most significant disabilities to achieve and maintain integrated, competitive employment in the community. Supported Employment requires the ongoing services of other organizations and/or natural supports such as co-workers, family, friends, etc. and ongoing extended services when LRS services end; therefore, it is important to consider and include the participation of other individuals and organizations beginning in the planning process.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana’s Demand-Driven Workforce Investment Plan (Workforce Investment Act & the Wagner-Peyser Act)

Vocational Rehabilitation “As a mandated partner in the Workforce Investment Act, the Vocational Rehabilitation Program is instrumental in meeting the workforce needs of individuals with disabilities in the state of Louisiana. The purpose of the VR Program is, in part, ‘to empower individuals with disabilities to maximize employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and inclusion and integration into society.’ The VR Program operates a statewide comprehensive program to assess, plan, develop and provide vocational rehabilitation services for individuals with disabilities, ‘consistent with their strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests and informed choice, so that such individuals may prepare for and engage in gainful employment.’”   W-P Section 8(b) 20 CFR 652.211  “The state has designated at least one person in each state or Federal employment office to promote and develop employment opportunities, job counseling, and placement for individuals with disabilities.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Partnerships


Louisiana's Demand-Driven Workforce Investment Plan - 07/01/2012

Vocational Rehabilitation

“As a mandated partner in the Workforce Investment Act, the Vocational Rehabilitation Program is instrumental in meeting the workforce needs of individuals with disabilities in the state of Louisiana. The purpose of the VR Program is, in part, ‘to empower individuals with disabilities to maximize employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and inclusion and integration into society.’ The VR Program operates a statewide comprehensive program to assess, plan, develop and provide vocational rehabilitation services for individuals with disabilities, ‘consistent with their strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests and informed choice, so that such individuals may prepare for and engage in gainful employment.’”

 

W-P Section 8(b) 20 CFR 652.211

“The state has designated at least one person in each state or Federal employment office to promote and develop employment opportunities, job counseling, and placement for individuals with disabilities.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Louisiana Workforce Commission.

“LRS continues to collaborate with LWC in identifying effective ways to integrate services in BCSCs [Business and Career Solution Centers]. LRS is represented on each of the LWIBs and attends meetings as scheduled. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) established with each of the WIBs is updated annually. Within the 18 WIAs, 63 BCSCs have been established, 18 cost allocation plans have been completed by the WIBs and approved by all parties. LRS continues to pay expenses to the local centers for participation, as per the local cost allocation plans.”

“LWC is working with the Shared Youth Vision workgroup on youth, local workforce boards, youth councils, and community-based organizations to continue development of the systems needed to provide these comprehensive services to eligible youth, including coordination with Job Corps and other youth programs within each local workforce investment area. Vocational rehabilitation is involved in the development of these service strategies to ensure that youth with disabilities or other barriers to employment are included in the comprehensive service strategy.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development

Louisiana FY 2011 Block Grant State Plan

The Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) is a member of the WORK PAY$ committee. “This committee is comprised of community partners and is intended to further the employment of individuals with disabilities in the state of Louisiana. OBH is also working as a collaborative partner on both a state and regional level in the development and implementation of job fairs for individuals with disabilities throughout the state.”

“The Louisiana Work Incentive Planning and Assistance (LAWIPA) program helps Social Security beneficiaries work through issues relating to social security benefits and employment. The program is a coalition between the Advocacy Center of Louisiana and the LSU Health Sciences Center’s Human Development Center. Many individuals with disabilities who receive SSDI and/ or SSI benefits want to work or increase their work activity. One barrier for these individuals is the fear of losing health care and other benefits if they work. Valuable work incentive programs can extend benefits, but are often poorly understood and underutilized. The LAWIPA coalition educates clients and assists them in overcoming work barriers, perceived or real; and also focuses on improved community partnerships. Benefit specialists, called Community Work Incentive Coordinators, provide services to all Louisiana SSDI and SSI beneficiaries age 14 and older who have disabilities. CMHC staff and clients are able to work with Coordinators to help navigate the various work related resources (as offered in conjunction with the Ticket to Work program), and identify on an individualized basis the way their benefits will be impacted by going to work. The ultimate goal of the new WIPA coalition is to support the successful employment of beneficiaries with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Systems-Change Funding


Louisiana Medicaid Balancing Incentive Program - 02/08/2013

“Since 2001, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has been engaged in focused, comprehensive system transformation of the long-term care system. These reform efforts have included stakeholder input at all levels and have resulted in changes in laws and regulations, service delivery, and funding priorities. In transforming the long-term care system, the state has committed to rebalancing the service system in order to provide choice between institutional and home and community-based services. The State has been working toward rebalancing its long-term care system by eliminating barriers that prevent or restrict the flexible use of Medicaid funds, increasing the ability of the Medicaid program to assure continued provision of services to people who transition from institutions by consistently increasing funding and slot allocation, improving service menus and rate structures to meet needs, and by ensuring procedures are in place for quality assurance and continuous improvement in services by consolidating licensing authority and improving IT systems tracking critical incidents.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Louisiana Disability Employment Initiative - 10/01/2012

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for youth and adults with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2014 Louisiana was awarded a Round 3 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. The grant ended in 2015.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

Lousiana Community First Choice Program - 06/20/2012

“The Department of Health and Hospitals, Bureau of Health Services Financing and the Office of Aging and Adult Services propose to replace the current [Long-Term Personal Care Services] LT-PCS Program by adopting provisions to establish Community First Choice Option services as a covered service under the Medicaid state plan. The LT-PCS Program shall be terminated upon the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' approval of the corresponding [Community First Choice Option] CFCO state plan amendment.”

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Louisiana Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 10/01/2000

“The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The… program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Louisiana Workforce Investment Act Training Manual

“The WIA Eligible Training Provider Manual provides educational institutions with updated information about the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Louisiana’s Workforce Investment System, and provides the necessary guidance, procedures, and requirements in becoming an Eligible Training Provider (ETP) in Louisiana. The Eligible Training Provider List is a list of providers and their training programs and/or services that qualify for WIA funding eligibility.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Money Follows the Person

In Louisiana, the Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration is known as My Place Louisiana. “The Louisiana Medicaid Office is working with the Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) and the Office of Aging and Adult Services (OAAS) to implement My Place Louisiana which is a ten-year (2008-2018) project focusing on Medicaid funding and following participants in transitioning from nursing facilities, hospitals and ICFs/DD to home and community–based living services.”

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Training/Capacity Building


Louisiana State University School of Allied Health Professions Human Development Center

HDC's 40 Hour Supported Employment CORE Training

LSUHSC-Human Development Center (HDC) in collaboration with Louisiana APSE is providing statewide Employment Specialist Core Training. This 40 hour training meets LRS vendor training requirements and Medicaid Employment provider rules. It incorporates APSE's CORE Supported Employment competencies, and includes three and a half days of classroom instruction, fieldwork assignments and online instruction. Class hours are 9:00AM - 4:00PM except for 1/2 days indicated which end at 12:00noon. The fee for this class is $350.

(If you would to schedule a Core training in your region, please send an email to Sue Killam, M.Ed.)

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council “Employment Mentoring”

The Employment Mentoring project will develop, implement, and evaluate a training and mentoring approach that will result in Employment Support Professionals (ESPs) demonstrating competencies in skills which lead to employment outcomes for job seekers with developmental disabilities including those with the most intense support needs in acquiring and maintaining community-based competitive employment.  The project will work with participating Community Rehabilitation Providers (CRPs) to enhance their operations and participating Employment Support Professionals (ESPs) to improve their competencies in the area of supported employment and successful completion of the national Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP) exam.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council 2015 Annual Report

The Council provided financial support for the Employment Mentoring program with its Developmental Disability Network partner, the LSU Health Sciences Center Human Development Center, the state’s University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). The program provided a competency-based training and mentoring program for employment support providers.

508 mentoring hours 27 employment support professionals mentored 113 job seekers with a developmental disability participated · 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities “Resources”

The DHH Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities offers a variety and ever-changing collection of resources, trainings and literature to assist consumers, their families, providers, advocates, and others access relevant materials.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Resource Leveraging

Louisiana WIA Training Manual

“The WIA Eligible Training Provider Manual provides educational institutions with updated information about the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Louisiana’s Workforce Investment System, and provides the necessary guidance, procedures, and requirements in becoming an Eligible Training Provider (ETP) in Louisiana. The Eligible Training Provider List is a list of providers and their training programs and/or services that qualify for WIA funding eligibility.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Enforcement

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

Medicaid & Employment


“Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) QUARTERLY DD COUNCIL REPORT September 28, 2016” Detailing DD Waiver Activities. - 09/20/2016

A report detailing Medicaid service levels, as well as a variety of Waivers and initiatives, including, but not limited to, the “residential Option Waiver, the New Opportunities Waiver, and the Self-Directed Waiver, as well as a description of ”Money Follows the Person”.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

The Louisiana Statewide Transition Plan for Compliance with the CMS Home and Community-Based Services Settings Rule - 09/14/2016

“The following represents the Louisiana Work Plan. The purpose of this plan is to guide the development and implementation of a Transition Plan to: 1) provide for a robust input and engagement process for consumers and stakeholders; 2) identify areas of non-compliance; 3) seek intervention strategies to comply with the new setting requirements ; 4) implement strategies to maintain continuous compliance; and 5) ensure quality components are designed into each phase of the Transition Plan to ensure continued compliance.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

LA Supports Waiver (0453.R02.00) - 07/01/2014

This waiver, "provides day hab, habilitation, prevocational services, respite, support coordination, supported employment, housing stabilization service, housing stabilization transition, PERS for individuals w/autism, ID, DD"

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Louisiana Balancing Incentive Program - 02/08/2013

Since 2001, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has been engaged in focused, comprehensive system transformation of the long-term care system. These reform efforts have included stakeholder input at all levels and have resulted in changes in laws and regulations, service delivery, and funding priorities. In transforming the long-term care system, the state has committed to rebalancing the service system in order to provide choice between institutional and home and community-based services. The State has been working toward rebalancing its long-term care system by eliminating barriers that prevent or restrict the flexible use of Medicaid funds, increasing the ability of the Medicaid program to assure continued provision of services to people who transition from institutions by consistently increasing funding and slot allocation, improving service menus and rate structures to meet needs, and by ensuring procedures are in place for quality assurance and continuous improvement in services by consolidating licensing authority and improving IT systems tracking critical incidents.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Lousiana Community First Choice Program - 06/20/2012

“The Department of Health and Hospitals, Bureau of Health Services Financing and the Office of Aging and Adult Services propose to replace the current [Long-Term Personal Care Services] LT-PCS Program by adopting provisions to establish Community First Choice Option services as a covered service under the Medicaid state plan. The LT-PCS Program shall be terminated upon the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' approval of the corresponding [Community First Choice Option] CFCO state plan amendment.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Louisiana's ESEA Flexibility Request - 05/29/2012

“By submitting this flexibility request, the SEA requests flexibility through waivers of the ten ESEA requirements listed below and their associated regulatory, administrative, and reporting requirements by checking each of the boxes below. The provisions below represent the general areas of flexibility requested; a chart appended to the document titled ESEA Flexibility Frequently Asked Questions enumerates each specific provision of which the SEA requests a waiver, which the SEA incorporates into its request by reference.” The Louisiana Department of Education’s ESEA flexibility request was approved on May 29, 2012.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

LA New Opportunities Waiver (0401.R02.00) - 07/01/2011

Provides center-based respite, day hab, employment related training, supported employment, supported living, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment and supplies, adult companion care, community integration and development, environmental accessibility adaptations, housing stabilization, housing stabilization transition, individual and family support, one-time transitional, PERS, professional services, remote assistance, substitute family care for individuals w/autism, IID, MR ages 3 - no max age.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Louisiana Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

"The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The… program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Louisiana CMS HCBS Final Rule and OCDD’s Transition Plan

This presentation aims to build a common understanding of CMS HCBS Community Rule related to settings and present the Transition Plan for the Louisiana Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD). It highlights individual and group supported employment as a employment approach for people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Money Follows the Person

In Louisiana, the Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration is known as My Place Louisiana. “The Louisiana Medicaid Office is working with the Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) and the Office of Aging and Adult Services (OAAS) to implement My Place Louisiana which is a ten-year (2008-2018) project focusing on Medicaid funding and following participants in transitioning from nursing facilities, hospitals and ICFs/DD to home and community–based living services.”

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

States - Small Tablet

Snapshot

The Bayou State welcomes you to come as you are, thus inciting a motto of inclusion that should also engage and encompass Louisianans with disabilities in the general workforce and economic mainstream. 

2014 State Population.
0.52%
Change from
2013 to 2014
4,649,676
2014 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-0.27%
Change from
2013 to 2014
366,981
2014 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
2.35%
Change from
2013 to 2014
117,943
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
2.61%
Change from
2013 to 2014
32.14%
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0%
Change from
2013 to 2014
72.43%

State Data

General

2012 2013 2014
Population. 4,601,893 4,625,470 4,649,676
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 375,698 367,973 366,981
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 129,115 115,176 117,943
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,762,757 1,779,604 1,780,193
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 34.37% 31.30% 32.14%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 72.57% 72.43% 72.43%
Overall unemployment rate. 7.10% 6.70% 6.40%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 26.20% 25.50% 26.30%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 18.90% 18.80% 18.80%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 330,504 336,497 316,825
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 355,768 342,949 355,453
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 442,703 431,663 428,084
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 217,954 223,134 219,214
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 21,502 18,607 18,305
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 5,483 5,139 5,058
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 3,540 4,891 5,931
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 10,494 11,977 10,407
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 5,353 2,425 3,408

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 5,699 5,655 5,719
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 3.40% 3.30% 3.40%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 154,283 156,752 157,558

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 2,076 3,420 3,561
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 6,989 13,224 5,216
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 17,780 24,387 25,711
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 11.70% 14.00% 13.90%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.40% 1.50% 1.00%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.90% 3.70% 1.50%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 3.00% 6.90% 6.60%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 63.20% 85.30% 81.50%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 108 217 158
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 514 559 231
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 813 1,031 1,055
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 16,963 12,714 12,972

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 6,677 12,198 18,478
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.02 0.03 0.04

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2011 2012 2013
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 1,168 882 1,475
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 438 362 646
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 38.00% 41.00% 44.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 9.57 7.87 13.97

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
8,788
N/A
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 289 N/A N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 553 N/A N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 2,388 N/A N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 2,060 N/A N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 2,558 N/A N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 940 N/A N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 15.70% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 4,628 4,540
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 270,043 269,626
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 540 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 204 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2011 2012 2013
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $12,090,000 $13,941,000 $13,747,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $8,183,000 $8,435,000 $8,119,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $10,529,000 $12,018,000 $12,507,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0 $0 $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 33.00% 32.00% 31.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. N/A 0 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 1,574 1,583 1,560
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 1,792 2,059 2,103
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 35.90 37.10 36.40

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2011 2012 2013
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 61.20% 62.40% 62.37%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 13.50% 14.02% 13.90%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.30% 1.33% 1.36%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 77.00% 100.00% 100.00%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 25.00% 28.70% 33.42%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 68.00% 74.44% 74.25%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 86.00% 88.19% 87.65%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 43.00% 45.74% 40.83%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 721,050
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 2
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 131,005
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 197,993
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 328,998
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 137
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 217
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 354
AbilityOne wages (products). $1,286,952
AbilityOne wages (services). $2,116,168

 

WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION: 14(c) CERTIFICATE-HOLDING ENTITIES OUTCOMES

2014 2015
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 1 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 75 71
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 11
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 82
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. N/A 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 3,009
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 414
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 3,423

 

Legislation


Louisiana House Bill No. 598 - 06/11/2015

“…The ABLE Account Program is hereby created and shall be administered by the ABLE Account Authority, refereed to hereafter as “the authority” to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting persons with disabilities in endeavors to maintain health, independence, and quality of life…”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Resource Leveraging

Louisiana House Bill 508

To enact RS. 47:297.13, relative to income taxation; to provide relative to individual and corporation income tax deductions; to authorize an income tax deduction for taxpayers w employ certain qualified disabled individuals; to provide for certain definitions; to provide for certain requirements and limitations; to provide for an effective date; and to provide for related matters.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Executive Orders

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

Policy


Louisiana’s “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA) Framework - 09/28/2016

“Long-term indicators: To foster a better understanding of how skills taught in schools translate to life after high school, Louisiana will provide to schools and school systems an annual series of reports on the postsecondary success and economic productivity of their graduates as a group. These reports will provide local communities and educators with aggregated data regarding the measurable life outcomes experienced by recent graduates, including income, employment, and education attainment information

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals “Employment for People with Disabilities is a Priority in Louisiana” - 10/01/2014

On Wednesday, October 1, 2014, individuals with disabilities, employers and advocates gathered on the Capitol steps to call attention to the importance of employment for people with disabilities and the beginning of Louisiana’s observance of National Disability Employment Awareness month.

Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) Secretary Kathy H. Kliebert outlined her agency’s efforts to promote employment for people with disabilities. “The role of work in our lives has been talked about so much and from nearly every angle. Issues like work-life balance make easy headlines, but what is often left out of the discussion all too frequently is that for some individuals work hasn’t always been an option,” said DHH Secretary Kliebert. “We want to make sure that our family members, friends and neighbors with disabilities have the ability to work if they choose to do so. We are dedicated to using waiver services, supports and provider relationships to help make that possible. I want to thank our the Workforce Commission, the Advocacy Center and our other partners for continuing to work to ensure that work is an option for any Louisiana resident who wishes to join the labor force."
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Louisiana Employment First Initiative Memo - 06/01/2011

“The OCDD official position statement on Employment First: Employment will be the primary outcome for all persons receiving OCDD services who are of working age. Employment is characterized by typical jobs with competitive compensation that are fully integrated into the workplace. A more thorough implementation statement with further detailed definitions, desired outcomes and operational procedures will be released as they are finalized.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Louisiana OCDD and Employment First - 06/01/2011

The Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) believes that it is time to improve employment outcomes for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in Louisiana.   Over the last few years the term “Employment First” has become widely used to describe how state and local systems across the country articulate the values and philosophy which support employment services available to individuals and families.   An “Employment First” approach means integrated individual employment is offered before other service options, and that community employment is supported as the priority outcome in policy, practice, and quality management.   The OCDD believes that individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities have the right to work and through partnerships, vision, and creativity, perceived or real barriers to employment can be overcome.   The OCDD believes that all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities CAN work and contribute to their community, when given the opportunity, training, and supports that build on their strengths.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

“Individualized Plan for Employment” Louisiana Department of Rehabilitation Services Policy Manual - 07/01/2010

“The Individualized Plan for Employment, hereafter referred to as IPE, and all subsequent amendments assure that each individual determined eligible for vocational rehabilitation services or determined appropriate for extended evaluation services shall have a formal plan for services.… The format of the IPE, to the maximum extent possible, will be in the language or mode of communication understood by the individual.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

“Students with Disabilities” Louisiana Department of Education Policy on Resources for Special Education and Transition

Early Identification: Research indicates that early identification of unique learning needs can lead to more successful intervention and better student outcomes. Louisiana is committed to identifying unique learning needs and implementing appropriate interventions at the earliest possible point in a student’s academic career. Student Success: All students, regardless of their unique learning needs, should have access to aligned, high-quality instruction that supports those individual needs. Pathways to Prosperity: Louisiana has created pathways to graduation, college, and the workplace for all students that allow students to demonstrate skills and progress through alternate means when appropriate.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council “2016 Disability Rights Day”

The 2016 Disability Rights Day was held on Tuesday, April 5th at the Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge and attended by over 300 LaCAN members from all around Louisiana.  Members joined together to visit with legislators and participate in a rally on the Capitol steps to raise awareness of the importance of funding supports and services people with developmental disabilities need to live in their own homes and be productive members of their communities.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Louisiana Development Disabilities Council 2015 Annual Report

The Council provided financial support for the Employment Mentoring program with its Developmental Disability Network partner, the LSU Health Sciences Center Human Development Center, the state’s University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). The program provided a competency-based training and mentoring program for employment support providers.

508 mentoring hours 27 employment support professionals mentored 113 job seekers with a developmental disability participated · 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Supported Employment Services - Guidance Manual

“Supported Employment services are designed to provide community-based employment for LRS Consumers who are the most significantly disabled and require on-going support and extended services to maintain employment.   Supported Employment significantly expands the options available for persons with the most significant disabilities to achieve and maintain integrated, competitive employment in the community. Supported Employment requires the ongoing services of other organizations and/or natural supports such as co-workers, family, friends, etc. and ongoing extended services when LRS services end; therefore, it is important to consider and include the participation of other individuals and organizations beginning in the planning process.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana’s Demand-Driven Workforce Investment Plan (Workforce Investment Act & the Wagner-Peyser Act)

Vocational Rehabilitation “As a mandated partner in the Workforce Investment Act, the Vocational Rehabilitation Program is instrumental in meeting the workforce needs of individuals with disabilities in the state of Louisiana. The purpose of the VR Program is, in part, ‘to empower individuals with disabilities to maximize employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and inclusion and integration into society.’ The VR Program operates a statewide comprehensive program to assess, plan, develop and provide vocational rehabilitation services for individuals with disabilities, ‘consistent with their strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests and informed choice, so that such individuals may prepare for and engage in gainful employment.’”   W-P Section 8(b) 20 CFR 652.211  “The state has designated at least one person in each state or Federal employment office to promote and develop employment opportunities, job counseling, and placement for individuals with disabilities.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Partnerships


Louisiana's Demand-Driven Workforce Investment Plan - 07/01/2012

Vocational Rehabilitation

“As a mandated partner in the Workforce Investment Act, the Vocational Rehabilitation Program is instrumental in meeting the workforce needs of individuals with disabilities in the state of Louisiana. The purpose of the VR Program is, in part, ‘to empower individuals with disabilities to maximize employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and inclusion and integration into society.’ The VR Program operates a statewide comprehensive program to assess, plan, develop and provide vocational rehabilitation services for individuals with disabilities, ‘consistent with their strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests and informed choice, so that such individuals may prepare for and engage in gainful employment.’”

 

W-P Section 8(b) 20 CFR 652.211

“The state has designated at least one person in each state or Federal employment office to promote and develop employment opportunities, job counseling, and placement for individuals with disabilities.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Louisiana Workforce Commission.

“LRS continues to collaborate with LWC in identifying effective ways to integrate services in BCSCs [Business and Career Solution Centers]. LRS is represented on each of the LWIBs and attends meetings as scheduled. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) established with each of the WIBs is updated annually. Within the 18 WIAs, 63 BCSCs have been established, 18 cost allocation plans have been completed by the WIBs and approved by all parties. LRS continues to pay expenses to the local centers for participation, as per the local cost allocation plans.”

“LWC is working with the Shared Youth Vision workgroup on youth, local workforce boards, youth councils, and community-based organizations to continue development of the systems needed to provide these comprehensive services to eligible youth, including coordination with Job Corps and other youth programs within each local workforce investment area. Vocational rehabilitation is involved in the development of these service strategies to ensure that youth with disabilities or other barriers to employment are included in the comprehensive service strategy.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development

Louisiana FY 2011 Block Grant State Plan

The Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) is a member of the WORK PAY$ committee. “This committee is comprised of community partners and is intended to further the employment of individuals with disabilities in the state of Louisiana. OBH is also working as a collaborative partner on both a state and regional level in the development and implementation of job fairs for individuals with disabilities throughout the state.”

“The Louisiana Work Incentive Planning and Assistance (LAWIPA) program helps Social Security beneficiaries work through issues relating to social security benefits and employment. The program is a coalition between the Advocacy Center of Louisiana and the LSU Health Sciences Center’s Human Development Center. Many individuals with disabilities who receive SSDI and/ or SSI benefits want to work or increase their work activity. One barrier for these individuals is the fear of losing health care and other benefits if they work. Valuable work incentive programs can extend benefits, but are often poorly understood and underutilized. The LAWIPA coalition educates clients and assists them in overcoming work barriers, perceived or real; and also focuses on improved community partnerships. Benefit specialists, called Community Work Incentive Coordinators, provide services to all Louisiana SSDI and SSI beneficiaries age 14 and older who have disabilities. CMHC staff and clients are able to work with Coordinators to help navigate the various work related resources (as offered in conjunction with the Ticket to Work program), and identify on an individualized basis the way their benefits will be impacted by going to work. The ultimate goal of the new WIPA coalition is to support the successful employment of beneficiaries with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Systems-Change Funding


Louisiana Medicaid Balancing Incentive Program - 02/08/2013

“Since 2001, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has been engaged in focused, comprehensive system transformation of the long-term care system. These reform efforts have included stakeholder input at all levels and have resulted in changes in laws and regulations, service delivery, and funding priorities. In transforming the long-term care system, the state has committed to rebalancing the service system in order to provide choice between institutional and home and community-based services. The State has been working toward rebalancing its long-term care system by eliminating barriers that prevent or restrict the flexible use of Medicaid funds, increasing the ability of the Medicaid program to assure continued provision of services to people who transition from institutions by consistently increasing funding and slot allocation, improving service menus and rate structures to meet needs, and by ensuring procedures are in place for quality assurance and continuous improvement in services by consolidating licensing authority and improving IT systems tracking critical incidents.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Louisiana Disability Employment Initiative - 10/01/2012

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for youth and adults with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2014 Louisiana was awarded a Round 3 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. The grant ended in 2015.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

Lousiana Community First Choice Program - 06/20/2012

“The Department of Health and Hospitals, Bureau of Health Services Financing and the Office of Aging and Adult Services propose to replace the current [Long-Term Personal Care Services] LT-PCS Program by adopting provisions to establish Community First Choice Option services as a covered service under the Medicaid state plan. The LT-PCS Program shall be terminated upon the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' approval of the corresponding [Community First Choice Option] CFCO state plan amendment.”

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Louisiana Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 10/01/2000

“The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The… program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Louisiana Workforce Investment Act Training Manual

“The WIA Eligible Training Provider Manual provides educational institutions with updated information about the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Louisiana’s Workforce Investment System, and provides the necessary guidance, procedures, and requirements in becoming an Eligible Training Provider (ETP) in Louisiana. The Eligible Training Provider List is a list of providers and their training programs and/or services that qualify for WIA funding eligibility.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Money Follows the Person

In Louisiana, the Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration is known as My Place Louisiana. “The Louisiana Medicaid Office is working with the Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) and the Office of Aging and Adult Services (OAAS) to implement My Place Louisiana which is a ten-year (2008-2018) project focusing on Medicaid funding and following participants in transitioning from nursing facilities, hospitals and ICFs/DD to home and community–based living services.”

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Training/Capacity Building


Louisiana State University School of Allied Health Professions Human Development Center

HDC's 40 Hour Supported Employment CORE Training

LSUHSC-Human Development Center (HDC) in collaboration with Louisiana APSE is providing statewide Employment Specialist Core Training. This 40 hour training meets LRS vendor training requirements and Medicaid Employment provider rules. It incorporates APSE's CORE Supported Employment competencies, and includes three and a half days of classroom instruction, fieldwork assignments and online instruction. Class hours are 9:00AM - 4:00PM except for 1/2 days indicated which end at 12:00noon. The fee for this class is $350.

(If you would to schedule a Core training in your region, please send an email to Sue Killam, M.Ed.)

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council “Employment Mentoring”

The Employment Mentoring project will develop, implement, and evaluate a training and mentoring approach that will result in Employment Support Professionals (ESPs) demonstrating competencies in skills which lead to employment outcomes for job seekers with developmental disabilities including those with the most intense support needs in acquiring and maintaining community-based competitive employment.  The project will work with participating Community Rehabilitation Providers (CRPs) to enhance their operations and participating Employment Support Professionals (ESPs) to improve their competencies in the area of supported employment and successful completion of the national Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP) exam.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council 2015 Annual Report

The Council provided financial support for the Employment Mentoring program with its Developmental Disability Network partner, the LSU Health Sciences Center Human Development Center, the state’s University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). The program provided a competency-based training and mentoring program for employment support providers.

508 mentoring hours 27 employment support professionals mentored 113 job seekers with a developmental disability participated · 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities “Resources”

The DHH Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities offers a variety and ever-changing collection of resources, trainings and literature to assist consumers, their families, providers, advocates, and others access relevant materials.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Resource Leveraging

Louisiana WIA Training Manual

“The WIA Eligible Training Provider Manual provides educational institutions with updated information about the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Louisiana’s Workforce Investment System, and provides the necessary guidance, procedures, and requirements in becoming an Eligible Training Provider (ETP) in Louisiana. The Eligible Training Provider List is a list of providers and their training programs and/or services that qualify for WIA funding eligibility.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Enforcement

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

Medicaid & Employment


“Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) QUARTERLY DD COUNCIL REPORT September 28, 2016” Detailing DD Waiver Activities. - 09/20/2016

A report detailing Medicaid service levels, as well as a variety of Waivers and initiatives, including, but not limited to, the “residential Option Waiver, the New Opportunities Waiver, and the Self-Directed Waiver, as well as a description of ”Money Follows the Person”.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

The Louisiana Statewide Transition Plan for Compliance with the CMS Home and Community-Based Services Settings Rule - 09/14/2016

“The following represents the Louisiana Work Plan. The purpose of this plan is to guide the development and implementation of a Transition Plan to: 1) provide for a robust input and engagement process for consumers and stakeholders; 2) identify areas of non-compliance; 3) seek intervention strategies to comply with the new setting requirements ; 4) implement strategies to maintain continuous compliance; and 5) ensure quality components are designed into each phase of the Transition Plan to ensure continued compliance.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

LA Supports Waiver (0453.R02.00) - 07/01/2014

This waiver, "provides day hab, habilitation, prevocational services, respite, support coordination, supported employment, housing stabilization service, housing stabilization transition, PERS for individuals w/autism, ID, DD"

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Louisiana Balancing Incentive Program - 02/08/2013

Since 2001, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has been engaged in focused, comprehensive system transformation of the long-term care system. These reform efforts have included stakeholder input at all levels and have resulted in changes in laws and regulations, service delivery, and funding priorities. In transforming the long-term care system, the state has committed to rebalancing the service system in order to provide choice between institutional and home and community-based services. The State has been working toward rebalancing its long-term care system by eliminating barriers that prevent or restrict the flexible use of Medicaid funds, increasing the ability of the Medicaid program to assure continued provision of services to people who transition from institutions by consistently increasing funding and slot allocation, improving service menus and rate structures to meet needs, and by ensuring procedures are in place for quality assurance and continuous improvement in services by consolidating licensing authority and improving IT systems tracking critical incidents.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Lousiana Community First Choice Program - 06/20/2012

“The Department of Health and Hospitals, Bureau of Health Services Financing and the Office of Aging and Adult Services propose to replace the current [Long-Term Personal Care Services] LT-PCS Program by adopting provisions to establish Community First Choice Option services as a covered service under the Medicaid state plan. The LT-PCS Program shall be terminated upon the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' approval of the corresponding [Community First Choice Option] CFCO state plan amendment.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Louisiana's ESEA Flexibility Request - 05/29/2012

“By submitting this flexibility request, the SEA requests flexibility through waivers of the ten ESEA requirements listed below and their associated regulatory, administrative, and reporting requirements by checking each of the boxes below. The provisions below represent the general areas of flexibility requested; a chart appended to the document titled ESEA Flexibility Frequently Asked Questions enumerates each specific provision of which the SEA requests a waiver, which the SEA incorporates into its request by reference.” The Louisiana Department of Education’s ESEA flexibility request was approved on May 29, 2012.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

LA New Opportunities Waiver (0401.R02.00) - 07/01/2011

Provides center-based respite, day hab, employment related training, supported employment, supported living, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment and supplies, adult companion care, community integration and development, environmental accessibility adaptations, housing stabilization, housing stabilization transition, individual and family support, one-time transitional, PERS, professional services, remote assistance, substitute family care for individuals w/autism, IID, MR ages 3 - no max age.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Louisiana Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

"The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The… program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Louisiana CMS HCBS Final Rule and OCDD’s Transition Plan

This presentation aims to build a common understanding of CMS HCBS Community Rule related to settings and present the Transition Plan for the Louisiana Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD). It highlights individual and group supported employment as a employment approach for people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Money Follows the Person

In Louisiana, the Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration is known as My Place Louisiana. “The Louisiana Medicaid Office is working with the Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) and the Office of Aging and Adult Services (OAAS) to implement My Place Louisiana which is a ten-year (2008-2018) project focusing on Medicaid funding and following participants in transitioning from nursing facilities, hospitals and ICFs/DD to home and community–based living services.”

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

States - Phablet

Snapshot

The Bayou State welcomes you to come as you are, thus inciting a motto of inclusion that should also engage and encompass Louisianans with disabilities in the general workforce and economic mainstream. 

2014 State Population.
0.52%
Change from
2013 to 2014
4,649,676
2014 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-0.27%
Change from
2013 to 2014
366,981
2014 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
2.35%
Change from
2013 to 2014
117,943
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
2.61%
Change from
2013 to 2014
32.14%
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0%
Change from
2013 to 2014
72.43%

State Data

General

2014
Population. 4,649,676
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 366,981
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 117,943
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,780,193
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 32.14%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 72.43%
Overall unemployment rate. 6.40%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 26.30%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 18.80%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 316,825
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 355,453
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 428,084
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 219,214
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 18,305
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 5,058
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 5,931
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 10,407
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 3,408

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2014
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 5,719
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 3.40%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 157,558

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2014
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 3,561
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 5,216
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 25,711
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 13.90%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.00%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.50%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 6.60%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 81.50%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 158
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 231
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 1,055
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 12,972

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2014
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 18,478
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.04

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2013
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 1,475
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 646
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 44.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 13.97

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 4,540
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 269,626
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2013
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $13,747,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $8,119,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $12,507,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 31.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 1,560
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 2,103
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 36.40

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2013
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 62.37%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 13.90%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.36%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 100.00%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 33.42%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 74.25%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 87.65%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 40.83%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 721,050
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 2
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 131,005
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 197,993
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 328,998
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 137
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 217
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 354
AbilityOne wages (products). $1,286,952
AbilityOne wages (services). $2,116,168

 

WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION: 14(c) CERTIFICATE-HOLDING ENTITIES OUTCOMES

2015
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 71
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 11
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 82
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 3,009
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 414
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 3,423

 

Legislation


Louisiana House Bill No. 598 - 06/11/2015

“…The ABLE Account Program is hereby created and shall be administered by the ABLE Account Authority, refereed to hereafter as “the authority” to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting persons with disabilities in endeavors to maintain health, independence, and quality of life…”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Resource Leveraging

Louisiana House Bill 508

To enact RS. 47:297.13, relative to income taxation; to provide relative to individual and corporation income tax deductions; to authorize an income tax deduction for taxpayers w employ certain qualified disabled individuals; to provide for certain definitions; to provide for certain requirements and limitations; to provide for an effective date; and to provide for related matters.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Executive Orders

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

Policy


Louisiana’s “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA) Framework - 09/28/2016

“Long-term indicators: To foster a better understanding of how skills taught in schools translate to life after high school, Louisiana will provide to schools and school systems an annual series of reports on the postsecondary success and economic productivity of their graduates as a group. These reports will provide local communities and educators with aggregated data regarding the measurable life outcomes experienced by recent graduates, including income, employment, and education attainment information

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals “Employment for People with Disabilities is a Priority in Louisiana” - 10/01/2014

On Wednesday, October 1, 2014, individuals with disabilities, employers and advocates gathered on the Capitol steps to call attention to the importance of employment for people with disabilities and the beginning of Louisiana’s observance of National Disability Employment Awareness month.

Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) Secretary Kathy H. Kliebert outlined her agency’s efforts to promote employment for people with disabilities. “The role of work in our lives has been talked about so much and from nearly every angle. Issues like work-life balance make easy headlines, but what is often left out of the discussion all too frequently is that for some individuals work hasn’t always been an option,” said DHH Secretary Kliebert. “We want to make sure that our family members, friends and neighbors with disabilities have the ability to work if they choose to do so. We are dedicated to using waiver services, supports and provider relationships to help make that possible. I want to thank our the Workforce Commission, the Advocacy Center and our other partners for continuing to work to ensure that work is an option for any Louisiana resident who wishes to join the labor force."
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Louisiana Employment First Initiative Memo - 06/01/2011

“The OCDD official position statement on Employment First: Employment will be the primary outcome for all persons receiving OCDD services who are of working age. Employment is characterized by typical jobs with competitive compensation that are fully integrated into the workplace. A more thorough implementation statement with further detailed definitions, desired outcomes and operational procedures will be released as they are finalized.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Louisiana OCDD and Employment First - 06/01/2011

The Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) believes that it is time to improve employment outcomes for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in Louisiana.   Over the last few years the term “Employment First” has become widely used to describe how state and local systems across the country articulate the values and philosophy which support employment services available to individuals and families.   An “Employment First” approach means integrated individual employment is offered before other service options, and that community employment is supported as the priority outcome in policy, practice, and quality management.   The OCDD believes that individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities have the right to work and through partnerships, vision, and creativity, perceived or real barriers to employment can be overcome.   The OCDD believes that all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities CAN work and contribute to their community, when given the opportunity, training, and supports that build on their strengths.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

“Individualized Plan for Employment” Louisiana Department of Rehabilitation Services Policy Manual - 07/01/2010

“The Individualized Plan for Employment, hereafter referred to as IPE, and all subsequent amendments assure that each individual determined eligible for vocational rehabilitation services or determined appropriate for extended evaluation services shall have a formal plan for services.… The format of the IPE, to the maximum extent possible, will be in the language or mode of communication understood by the individual.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

“Students with Disabilities” Louisiana Department of Education Policy on Resources for Special Education and Transition

Early Identification: Research indicates that early identification of unique learning needs can lead to more successful intervention and better student outcomes. Louisiana is committed to identifying unique learning needs and implementing appropriate interventions at the earliest possible point in a student’s academic career. Student Success: All students, regardless of their unique learning needs, should have access to aligned, high-quality instruction that supports those individual needs. Pathways to Prosperity: Louisiana has created pathways to graduation, college, and the workplace for all students that allow students to demonstrate skills and progress through alternate means when appropriate.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council “2016 Disability Rights Day”

The 2016 Disability Rights Day was held on Tuesday, April 5th at the Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge and attended by over 300 LaCAN members from all around Louisiana.  Members joined together to visit with legislators and participate in a rally on the Capitol steps to raise awareness of the importance of funding supports and services people with developmental disabilities need to live in their own homes and be productive members of their communities.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Louisiana Development Disabilities Council 2015 Annual Report

The Council provided financial support for the Employment Mentoring program with its Developmental Disability Network partner, the LSU Health Sciences Center Human Development Center, the state’s University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). The program provided a competency-based training and mentoring program for employment support providers.

508 mentoring hours 27 employment support professionals mentored 113 job seekers with a developmental disability participated · 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Supported Employment Services - Guidance Manual

“Supported Employment services are designed to provide community-based employment for LRS Consumers who are the most significantly disabled and require on-going support and extended services to maintain employment.   Supported Employment significantly expands the options available for persons with the most significant disabilities to achieve and maintain integrated, competitive employment in the community. Supported Employment requires the ongoing services of other organizations and/or natural supports such as co-workers, family, friends, etc. and ongoing extended services when LRS services end; therefore, it is important to consider and include the participation of other individuals and organizations beginning in the planning process.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana’s Demand-Driven Workforce Investment Plan (Workforce Investment Act & the Wagner-Peyser Act)

Vocational Rehabilitation “As a mandated partner in the Workforce Investment Act, the Vocational Rehabilitation Program is instrumental in meeting the workforce needs of individuals with disabilities in the state of Louisiana. The purpose of the VR Program is, in part, ‘to empower individuals with disabilities to maximize employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and inclusion and integration into society.’ The VR Program operates a statewide comprehensive program to assess, plan, develop and provide vocational rehabilitation services for individuals with disabilities, ‘consistent with their strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests and informed choice, so that such individuals may prepare for and engage in gainful employment.’”   W-P Section 8(b) 20 CFR 652.211  “The state has designated at least one person in each state or Federal employment office to promote and develop employment opportunities, job counseling, and placement for individuals with disabilities.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Partnerships


Louisiana's Demand-Driven Workforce Investment Plan - 07/01/2012

Vocational Rehabilitation

“As a mandated partner in the Workforce Investment Act, the Vocational Rehabilitation Program is instrumental in meeting the workforce needs of individuals with disabilities in the state of Louisiana. The purpose of the VR Program is, in part, ‘to empower individuals with disabilities to maximize employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and inclusion and integration into society.’ The VR Program operates a statewide comprehensive program to assess, plan, develop and provide vocational rehabilitation services for individuals with disabilities, ‘consistent with their strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests and informed choice, so that such individuals may prepare for and engage in gainful employment.’”

 

W-P Section 8(b) 20 CFR 652.211

“The state has designated at least one person in each state or Federal employment office to promote and develop employment opportunities, job counseling, and placement for individuals with disabilities.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Louisiana Workforce Commission.

“LRS continues to collaborate with LWC in identifying effective ways to integrate services in BCSCs [Business and Career Solution Centers]. LRS is represented on each of the LWIBs and attends meetings as scheduled. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) established with each of the WIBs is updated annually. Within the 18 WIAs, 63 BCSCs have been established, 18 cost allocation plans have been completed by the WIBs and approved by all parties. LRS continues to pay expenses to the local centers for participation, as per the local cost allocation plans.”

“LWC is working with the Shared Youth Vision workgroup on youth, local workforce boards, youth councils, and community-based organizations to continue development of the systems needed to provide these comprehensive services to eligible youth, including coordination with Job Corps and other youth programs within each local workforce investment area. Vocational rehabilitation is involved in the development of these service strategies to ensure that youth with disabilities or other barriers to employment are included in the comprehensive service strategy.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development

Louisiana FY 2011 Block Grant State Plan

The Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) is a member of the WORK PAY$ committee. “This committee is comprised of community partners and is intended to further the employment of individuals with disabilities in the state of Louisiana. OBH is also working as a collaborative partner on both a state and regional level in the development and implementation of job fairs for individuals with disabilities throughout the state.”

“The Louisiana Work Incentive Planning and Assistance (LAWIPA) program helps Social Security beneficiaries work through issues relating to social security benefits and employment. The program is a coalition between the Advocacy Center of Louisiana and the LSU Health Sciences Center’s Human Development Center. Many individuals with disabilities who receive SSDI and/ or SSI benefits want to work or increase their work activity. One barrier for these individuals is the fear of losing health care and other benefits if they work. Valuable work incentive programs can extend benefits, but are often poorly understood and underutilized. The LAWIPA coalition educates clients and assists them in overcoming work barriers, perceived or real; and also focuses on improved community partnerships. Benefit specialists, called Community Work Incentive Coordinators, provide services to all Louisiana SSDI and SSI beneficiaries age 14 and older who have disabilities. CMHC staff and clients are able to work with Coordinators to help navigate the various work related resources (as offered in conjunction with the Ticket to Work program), and identify on an individualized basis the way their benefits will be impacted by going to work. The ultimate goal of the new WIPA coalition is to support the successful employment of beneficiaries with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Systems-Change Funding


Louisiana Medicaid Balancing Incentive Program - 02/08/2013

“Since 2001, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has been engaged in focused, comprehensive system transformation of the long-term care system. These reform efforts have included stakeholder input at all levels and have resulted in changes in laws and regulations, service delivery, and funding priorities. In transforming the long-term care system, the state has committed to rebalancing the service system in order to provide choice between institutional and home and community-based services. The State has been working toward rebalancing its long-term care system by eliminating barriers that prevent or restrict the flexible use of Medicaid funds, increasing the ability of the Medicaid program to assure continued provision of services to people who transition from institutions by consistently increasing funding and slot allocation, improving service menus and rate structures to meet needs, and by ensuring procedures are in place for quality assurance and continuous improvement in services by consolidating licensing authority and improving IT systems tracking critical incidents.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Louisiana Disability Employment Initiative - 10/01/2012

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for youth and adults with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2014 Louisiana was awarded a Round 3 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. The grant ended in 2015.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

Lousiana Community First Choice Program - 06/20/2012

“The Department of Health and Hospitals, Bureau of Health Services Financing and the Office of Aging and Adult Services propose to replace the current [Long-Term Personal Care Services] LT-PCS Program by adopting provisions to establish Community First Choice Option services as a covered service under the Medicaid state plan. The LT-PCS Program shall be terminated upon the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' approval of the corresponding [Community First Choice Option] CFCO state plan amendment.”

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Louisiana Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 10/01/2000

“The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The… program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Louisiana Workforce Investment Act Training Manual

“The WIA Eligible Training Provider Manual provides educational institutions with updated information about the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Louisiana’s Workforce Investment System, and provides the necessary guidance, procedures, and requirements in becoming an Eligible Training Provider (ETP) in Louisiana. The Eligible Training Provider List is a list of providers and their training programs and/or services that qualify for WIA funding eligibility.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Money Follows the Person

In Louisiana, the Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration is known as My Place Louisiana. “The Louisiana Medicaid Office is working with the Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) and the Office of Aging and Adult Services (OAAS) to implement My Place Louisiana which is a ten-year (2008-2018) project focusing on Medicaid funding and following participants in transitioning from nursing facilities, hospitals and ICFs/DD to home and community–based living services.”

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Training/Capacity Building


Louisiana State University School of Allied Health Professions Human Development Center

HDC's 40 Hour Supported Employment CORE Training

LSUHSC-Human Development Center (HDC) in collaboration with Louisiana APSE is providing statewide Employment Specialist Core Training. This 40 hour training meets LRS vendor training requirements and Medicaid Employment provider rules. It incorporates APSE's CORE Supported Employment competencies, and includes three and a half days of classroom instruction, fieldwork assignments and online instruction. Class hours are 9:00AM - 4:00PM except for 1/2 days indicated which end at 12:00noon. The fee for this class is $350.

(If you would to schedule a Core training in your region, please send an email to Sue Killam, M.Ed.)

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council “Employment Mentoring”

The Employment Mentoring project will develop, implement, and evaluate a training and mentoring approach that will result in Employment Support Professionals (ESPs) demonstrating competencies in skills which lead to employment outcomes for job seekers with developmental disabilities including those with the most intense support needs in acquiring and maintaining community-based competitive employment.  The project will work with participating Community Rehabilitation Providers (CRPs) to enhance their operations and participating Employment Support Professionals (ESPs) to improve their competencies in the area of supported employment and successful completion of the national Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP) exam.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council 2015 Annual Report

The Council provided financial support for the Employment Mentoring program with its Developmental Disability Network partner, the LSU Health Sciences Center Human Development Center, the state’s University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). The program provided a competency-based training and mentoring program for employment support providers.

508 mentoring hours 27 employment support professionals mentored 113 job seekers with a developmental disability participated · 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities “Resources”

The DHH Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities offers a variety and ever-changing collection of resources, trainings and literature to assist consumers, their families, providers, advocates, and others access relevant materials.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Resource Leveraging

Louisiana WIA Training Manual

“The WIA Eligible Training Provider Manual provides educational institutions with updated information about the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Louisiana’s Workforce Investment System, and provides the necessary guidance, procedures, and requirements in becoming an Eligible Training Provider (ETP) in Louisiana. The Eligible Training Provider List is a list of providers and their training programs and/or services that qualify for WIA funding eligibility.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Enforcement

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

Medicaid & Employment


“Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) QUARTERLY DD COUNCIL REPORT September 28, 2016” Detailing DD Waiver Activities. - 09/20/2016

A report detailing Medicaid service levels, as well as a variety of Waivers and initiatives, including, but not limited to, the “residential Option Waiver, the New Opportunities Waiver, and the Self-Directed Waiver, as well as a description of ”Money Follows the Person”.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

The Louisiana Statewide Transition Plan for Compliance with the CMS Home and Community-Based Services Settings Rule - 09/14/2016

“The following represents the Louisiana Work Plan. The purpose of this plan is to guide the development and implementation of a Transition Plan to: 1) provide for a robust input and engagement process for consumers and stakeholders; 2) identify areas of non-compliance; 3) seek intervention strategies to comply with the new setting requirements ; 4) implement strategies to maintain continuous compliance; and 5) ensure quality components are designed into each phase of the Transition Plan to ensure continued compliance.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

LA Supports Waiver (0453.R02.00) - 07/01/2014

This waiver, "provides day hab, habilitation, prevocational services, respite, support coordination, supported employment, housing stabilization service, housing stabilization transition, PERS for individuals w/autism, ID, DD"

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Louisiana Balancing Incentive Program - 02/08/2013

Since 2001, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has been engaged in focused, comprehensive system transformation of the long-term care system. These reform efforts have included stakeholder input at all levels and have resulted in changes in laws and regulations, service delivery, and funding priorities. In transforming the long-term care system, the state has committed to rebalancing the service system in order to provide choice between institutional and home and community-based services. The State has been working toward rebalancing its long-term care system by eliminating barriers that prevent or restrict the flexible use of Medicaid funds, increasing the ability of the Medicaid program to assure continued provision of services to people who transition from institutions by consistently increasing funding and slot allocation, improving service menus and rate structures to meet needs, and by ensuring procedures are in place for quality assurance and continuous improvement in services by consolidating licensing authority and improving IT systems tracking critical incidents.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Lousiana Community First Choice Program - 06/20/2012

“The Department of Health and Hospitals, Bureau of Health Services Financing and the Office of Aging and Adult Services propose to replace the current [Long-Term Personal Care Services] LT-PCS Program by adopting provisions to establish Community First Choice Option services as a covered service under the Medicaid state plan. The LT-PCS Program shall be terminated upon the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' approval of the corresponding [Community First Choice Option] CFCO state plan amendment.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Louisiana's ESEA Flexibility Request - 05/29/2012

“By submitting this flexibility request, the SEA requests flexibility through waivers of the ten ESEA requirements listed below and their associated regulatory, administrative, and reporting requirements by checking each of the boxes below. The provisions below represent the general areas of flexibility requested; a chart appended to the document titled ESEA Flexibility Frequently Asked Questions enumerates each specific provision of which the SEA requests a waiver, which the SEA incorporates into its request by reference.” The Louisiana Department of Education’s ESEA flexibility request was approved on May 29, 2012.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

LA New Opportunities Waiver (0401.R02.00) - 07/01/2011

Provides center-based respite, day hab, employment related training, supported employment, supported living, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment and supplies, adult companion care, community integration and development, environmental accessibility adaptations, housing stabilization, housing stabilization transition, individual and family support, one-time transitional, PERS, professional services, remote assistance, substitute family care for individuals w/autism, IID, MR ages 3 - no max age.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Louisiana Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

"The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The… program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Louisiana CMS HCBS Final Rule and OCDD’s Transition Plan

This presentation aims to build a common understanding of CMS HCBS Community Rule related to settings and present the Transition Plan for the Louisiana Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD). It highlights individual and group supported employment as a employment approach for people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Money Follows the Person

In Louisiana, the Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration is known as My Place Louisiana. “The Louisiana Medicaid Office is working with the Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) and the Office of Aging and Adult Services (OAAS) to implement My Place Louisiana which is a ten-year (2008-2018) project focusing on Medicaid funding and following participants in transitioning from nursing facilities, hospitals and ICFs/DD to home and community–based living services.”

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

States - Phone

Snapshot

The Bayou State welcomes you to come as you are, thus inciting a motto of inclusion that should also engage and encompass Louisianans with disabilities in the general workforce and economic mainstream. 

2014 State Population.
0.52%
Change from
2013 to 2014
4,649,676
2014 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-0.27%
Change from
2013 to 2014
366,981
2014 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
2.35%
Change from
2013 to 2014
117,943
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
2.61%
Change from
2013 to 2014
32.14%
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0%
Change from
2013 to 2014
72.43%

State Data

General

2014
Population. 4,649,676
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 366,981
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 117,943
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,780,193
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 32.14%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 72.43%
Overall unemployment rate. 6.40%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 26.30%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 18.80%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 316,825
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 355,453
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 428,084
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 219,214
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 18,305
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 5,058
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 5,931
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 10,407
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 3,408

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2014
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 5,719
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 3.40%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 157,558

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2014
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 3,561
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 5,216
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 25,711
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 13.90%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.00%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.50%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 6.60%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 81.50%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 158
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 231
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 1,055
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 12,972

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2014
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 18,478
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.04

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2013
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 1,475
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 646
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 44.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 13.97

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 4,540
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 269,626
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2013
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $13,747,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $8,119,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $12,507,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 31.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 1,560
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 2,103
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 36.40

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2013
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 62.37%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 13.90%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.36%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 100.00%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 33.42%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 74.25%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 87.65%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 40.83%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 721,050
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 2
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 131,005
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 197,993
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 328,998
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 137
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 217
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 354
AbilityOne wages (products). $1,286,952
AbilityOne wages (services). $2,116,168

 

WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION: 14(c) CERTIFICATE-HOLDING ENTITIES OUTCOMES

2015
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 71
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 11
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 82
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 3,009
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 414
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 3,423

 

Legislation


Louisiana House Bill No. 598 - 06/11/2015

“…The ABLE Account Program is hereby created and shall be administered by the ABLE Account Authority, refereed to hereafter as “the authority” to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting persons with disabilities in endeavors to maintain health, independence, and quality of life…”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Resource Leveraging

Louisiana House Bill 508

To enact RS. 47:297.13, relative to income taxation; to provide relative to individual and corporation income tax deductions; to authorize an income tax deduction for taxpayers w employ certain qualified disabled individuals; to provide for certain definitions; to provide for certain requirements and limitations; to provide for an effective date; and to provide for related matters.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Executive Orders

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

Policy


Louisiana’s “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA) Framework - 09/28/2016

“Long-term indicators: To foster a better understanding of how skills taught in schools translate to life after high school, Louisiana will provide to schools and school systems an annual series of reports on the postsecondary success and economic productivity of their graduates as a group. These reports will provide local communities and educators with aggregated data regarding the measurable life outcomes experienced by recent graduates, including income, employment, and education attainment information

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals “Employment for People with Disabilities is a Priority in Louisiana” - 10/01/2014

On Wednesday, October 1, 2014, individuals with disabilities, employers and advocates gathered on the Capitol steps to call attention to the importance of employment for people with disabilities and the beginning of Louisiana’s observance of National Disability Employment Awareness month.

Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) Secretary Kathy H. Kliebert outlined her agency’s efforts to promote employment for people with disabilities. “The role of work in our lives has been talked about so much and from nearly every angle. Issues like work-life balance make easy headlines, but what is often left out of the discussion all too frequently is that for some individuals work hasn’t always been an option,” said DHH Secretary Kliebert. “We want to make sure that our family members, friends and neighbors with disabilities have the ability to work if they choose to do so. We are dedicated to using waiver services, supports and provider relationships to help make that possible. I want to thank our the Workforce Commission, the Advocacy Center and our other partners for continuing to work to ensure that work is an option for any Louisiana resident who wishes to join the labor force."
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Louisiana Employment First Initiative Memo - 06/01/2011

“The OCDD official position statement on Employment First: Employment will be the primary outcome for all persons receiving OCDD services who are of working age. Employment is characterized by typical jobs with competitive compensation that are fully integrated into the workplace. A more thorough implementation statement with further detailed definitions, desired outcomes and operational procedures will be released as they are finalized.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Louisiana OCDD and Employment First - 06/01/2011

The Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) believes that it is time to improve employment outcomes for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in Louisiana.   Over the last few years the term “Employment First” has become widely used to describe how state and local systems across the country articulate the values and philosophy which support employment services available to individuals and families.   An “Employment First” approach means integrated individual employment is offered before other service options, and that community employment is supported as the priority outcome in policy, practice, and quality management.   The OCDD believes that individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities have the right to work and through partnerships, vision, and creativity, perceived or real barriers to employment can be overcome.   The OCDD believes that all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities CAN work and contribute to their community, when given the opportunity, training, and supports that build on their strengths.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

“Individualized Plan for Employment” Louisiana Department of Rehabilitation Services Policy Manual - 07/01/2010

“The Individualized Plan for Employment, hereafter referred to as IPE, and all subsequent amendments assure that each individual determined eligible for vocational rehabilitation services or determined appropriate for extended evaluation services shall have a formal plan for services.… The format of the IPE, to the maximum extent possible, will be in the language or mode of communication understood by the individual.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

“Students with Disabilities” Louisiana Department of Education Policy on Resources for Special Education and Transition

Early Identification: Research indicates that early identification of unique learning needs can lead to more successful intervention and better student outcomes. Louisiana is committed to identifying unique learning needs and implementing appropriate interventions at the earliest possible point in a student’s academic career. Student Success: All students, regardless of their unique learning needs, should have access to aligned, high-quality instruction that supports those individual needs. Pathways to Prosperity: Louisiana has created pathways to graduation, college, and the workplace for all students that allow students to demonstrate skills and progress through alternate means when appropriate.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council “2016 Disability Rights Day”

The 2016 Disability Rights Day was held on Tuesday, April 5th at the Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge and attended by over 300 LaCAN members from all around Louisiana.  Members joined together to visit with legislators and participate in a rally on the Capitol steps to raise awareness of the importance of funding supports and services people with developmental disabilities need to live in their own homes and be productive members of their communities.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Louisiana Development Disabilities Council 2015 Annual Report

The Council provided financial support for the Employment Mentoring program with its Developmental Disability Network partner, the LSU Health Sciences Center Human Development Center, the state’s University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). The program provided a competency-based training and mentoring program for employment support providers.

508 mentoring hours 27 employment support professionals mentored 113 job seekers with a developmental disability participated · 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Supported Employment Services - Guidance Manual

“Supported Employment services are designed to provide community-based employment for LRS Consumers who are the most significantly disabled and require on-going support and extended services to maintain employment.   Supported Employment significantly expands the options available for persons with the most significant disabilities to achieve and maintain integrated, competitive employment in the community. Supported Employment requires the ongoing services of other organizations and/or natural supports such as co-workers, family, friends, etc. and ongoing extended services when LRS services end; therefore, it is important to consider and include the participation of other individuals and organizations beginning in the planning process.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana’s Demand-Driven Workforce Investment Plan (Workforce Investment Act & the Wagner-Peyser Act)

Vocational Rehabilitation “As a mandated partner in the Workforce Investment Act, the Vocational Rehabilitation Program is instrumental in meeting the workforce needs of individuals with disabilities in the state of Louisiana. The purpose of the VR Program is, in part, ‘to empower individuals with disabilities to maximize employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and inclusion and integration into society.’ The VR Program operates a statewide comprehensive program to assess, plan, develop and provide vocational rehabilitation services for individuals with disabilities, ‘consistent with their strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests and informed choice, so that such individuals may prepare for and engage in gainful employment.’”   W-P Section 8(b) 20 CFR 652.211  “The state has designated at least one person in each state or Federal employment office to promote and develop employment opportunities, job counseling, and placement for individuals with disabilities.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Partnerships


Louisiana's Demand-Driven Workforce Investment Plan - 07/01/2012

Vocational Rehabilitation

“As a mandated partner in the Workforce Investment Act, the Vocational Rehabilitation Program is instrumental in meeting the workforce needs of individuals with disabilities in the state of Louisiana. The purpose of the VR Program is, in part, ‘to empower individuals with disabilities to maximize employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and inclusion and integration into society.’ The VR Program operates a statewide comprehensive program to assess, plan, develop and provide vocational rehabilitation services for individuals with disabilities, ‘consistent with their strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests and informed choice, so that such individuals may prepare for and engage in gainful employment.’”

 

W-P Section 8(b) 20 CFR 652.211

“The state has designated at least one person in each state or Federal employment office to promote and develop employment opportunities, job counseling, and placement for individuals with disabilities.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Louisiana Workforce Commission.

“LRS continues to collaborate with LWC in identifying effective ways to integrate services in BCSCs [Business and Career Solution Centers]. LRS is represented on each of the LWIBs and attends meetings as scheduled. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) established with each of the WIBs is updated annually. Within the 18 WIAs, 63 BCSCs have been established, 18 cost allocation plans have been completed by the WIBs and approved by all parties. LRS continues to pay expenses to the local centers for participation, as per the local cost allocation plans.”

“LWC is working with the Shared Youth Vision workgroup on youth, local workforce boards, youth councils, and community-based organizations to continue development of the systems needed to provide these comprehensive services to eligible youth, including coordination with Job Corps and other youth programs within each local workforce investment area. Vocational rehabilitation is involved in the development of these service strategies to ensure that youth with disabilities or other barriers to employment are included in the comprehensive service strategy.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development

Louisiana FY 2011 Block Grant State Plan

The Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) is a member of the WORK PAY$ committee. “This committee is comprised of community partners and is intended to further the employment of individuals with disabilities in the state of Louisiana. OBH is also working as a collaborative partner on both a state and regional level in the development and implementation of job fairs for individuals with disabilities throughout the state.”

“The Louisiana Work Incentive Planning and Assistance (LAWIPA) program helps Social Security beneficiaries work through issues relating to social security benefits and employment. The program is a coalition between the Advocacy Center of Louisiana and the LSU Health Sciences Center’s Human Development Center. Many individuals with disabilities who receive SSDI and/ or SSI benefits want to work or increase their work activity. One barrier for these individuals is the fear of losing health care and other benefits if they work. Valuable work incentive programs can extend benefits, but are often poorly understood and underutilized. The LAWIPA coalition educates clients and assists them in overcoming work barriers, perceived or real; and also focuses on improved community partnerships. Benefit specialists, called Community Work Incentive Coordinators, provide services to all Louisiana SSDI and SSI beneficiaries age 14 and older who have disabilities. CMHC staff and clients are able to work with Coordinators to help navigate the various work related resources (as offered in conjunction with the Ticket to Work program), and identify on an individualized basis the way their benefits will be impacted by going to work. The ultimate goal of the new WIPA coalition is to support the successful employment of beneficiaries with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Systems-Change Funding


Louisiana Medicaid Balancing Incentive Program - 02/08/2013

“Since 2001, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has been engaged in focused, comprehensive system transformation of the long-term care system. These reform efforts have included stakeholder input at all levels and have resulted in changes in laws and regulations, service delivery, and funding priorities. In transforming the long-term care system, the state has committed to rebalancing the service system in order to provide choice between institutional and home and community-based services. The State has been working toward rebalancing its long-term care system by eliminating barriers that prevent or restrict the flexible use of Medicaid funds, increasing the ability of the Medicaid program to assure continued provision of services to people who transition from institutions by consistently increasing funding and slot allocation, improving service menus and rate structures to meet needs, and by ensuring procedures are in place for quality assurance and continuous improvement in services by consolidating licensing authority and improving IT systems tracking critical incidents.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Louisiana Disability Employment Initiative - 10/01/2012

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for youth and adults with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2014 Louisiana was awarded a Round 3 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. The grant ended in 2015.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

Lousiana Community First Choice Program - 06/20/2012

“The Department of Health and Hospitals, Bureau of Health Services Financing and the Office of Aging and Adult Services propose to replace the current [Long-Term Personal Care Services] LT-PCS Program by adopting provisions to establish Community First Choice Option services as a covered service under the Medicaid state plan. The LT-PCS Program shall be terminated upon the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' approval of the corresponding [Community First Choice Option] CFCO state plan amendment.”

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Louisiana Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 10/01/2000

“The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The… program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Louisiana Workforce Investment Act Training Manual

“The WIA Eligible Training Provider Manual provides educational institutions with updated information about the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Louisiana’s Workforce Investment System, and provides the necessary guidance, procedures, and requirements in becoming an Eligible Training Provider (ETP) in Louisiana. The Eligible Training Provider List is a list of providers and their training programs and/or services that qualify for WIA funding eligibility.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Money Follows the Person

In Louisiana, the Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration is known as My Place Louisiana. “The Louisiana Medicaid Office is working with the Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) and the Office of Aging and Adult Services (OAAS) to implement My Place Louisiana which is a ten-year (2008-2018) project focusing on Medicaid funding and following participants in transitioning from nursing facilities, hospitals and ICFs/DD to home and community–based living services.”

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Training/Capacity Building


Louisiana State University School of Allied Health Professions Human Development Center

HDC's 40 Hour Supported Employment CORE Training

LSUHSC-Human Development Center (HDC) in collaboration with Louisiana APSE is providing statewide Employment Specialist Core Training. This 40 hour training meets LRS vendor training requirements and Medicaid Employment provider rules. It incorporates APSE's CORE Supported Employment competencies, and includes three and a half days of classroom instruction, fieldwork assignments and online instruction. Class hours are 9:00AM - 4:00PM except for 1/2 days indicated which end at 12:00noon. The fee for this class is $350.

(If you would to schedule a Core training in your region, please send an email to Sue Killam, M.Ed.)

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council “Employment Mentoring”

The Employment Mentoring project will develop, implement, and evaluate a training and mentoring approach that will result in Employment Support Professionals (ESPs) demonstrating competencies in skills which lead to employment outcomes for job seekers with developmental disabilities including those with the most intense support needs in acquiring and maintaining community-based competitive employment.  The project will work with participating Community Rehabilitation Providers (CRPs) to enhance their operations and participating Employment Support Professionals (ESPs) to improve their competencies in the area of supported employment and successful completion of the national Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP) exam.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council 2015 Annual Report

The Council provided financial support for the Employment Mentoring program with its Developmental Disability Network partner, the LSU Health Sciences Center Human Development Center, the state’s University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). The program provided a competency-based training and mentoring program for employment support providers.

508 mentoring hours 27 employment support professionals mentored 113 job seekers with a developmental disability participated · 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities “Resources”

The DHH Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities offers a variety and ever-changing collection of resources, trainings and literature to assist consumers, their families, providers, advocates, and others access relevant materials.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Resource Leveraging

Louisiana WIA Training Manual

“The WIA Eligible Training Provider Manual provides educational institutions with updated information about the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Louisiana’s Workforce Investment System, and provides the necessary guidance, procedures, and requirements in becoming an Eligible Training Provider (ETP) in Louisiana. The Eligible Training Provider List is a list of providers and their training programs and/or services that qualify for WIA funding eligibility.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Enforcement

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

Medicaid & Employment


“Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) QUARTERLY DD COUNCIL REPORT September 28, 2016” Detailing DD Waiver Activities. - 09/20/2016

A report detailing Medicaid service levels, as well as a variety of Waivers and initiatives, including, but not limited to, the “residential Option Waiver, the New Opportunities Waiver, and the Self-Directed Waiver, as well as a description of ”Money Follows the Person”.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

The Louisiana Statewide Transition Plan for Compliance with the CMS Home and Community-Based Services Settings Rule - 09/14/2016

“The following represents the Louisiana Work Plan. The purpose of this plan is to guide the development and implementation of a Transition Plan to: 1) provide for a robust input and engagement process for consumers and stakeholders; 2) identify areas of non-compliance; 3) seek intervention strategies to comply with the new setting requirements ; 4) implement strategies to maintain continuous compliance; and 5) ensure quality components are designed into each phase of the Transition Plan to ensure continued compliance.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

LA Supports Waiver (0453.R02.00) - 07/01/2014

This waiver, "provides day hab, habilitation, prevocational services, respite, support coordination, supported employment, housing stabilization service, housing stabilization transition, PERS for individuals w/autism, ID, DD"

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Louisiana Balancing Incentive Program - 02/08/2013

Since 2001, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has been engaged in focused, comprehensive system transformation of the long-term care system. These reform efforts have included stakeholder input at all levels and have resulted in changes in laws and regulations, service delivery, and funding priorities. In transforming the long-term care system, the state has committed to rebalancing the service system in order to provide choice between institutional and home and community-based services. The State has been working toward rebalancing its long-term care system by eliminating barriers that prevent or restrict the flexible use of Medicaid funds, increasing the ability of the Medicaid program to assure continued provision of services to people who transition from institutions by consistently increasing funding and slot allocation, improving service menus and rate structures to meet needs, and by ensuring procedures are in place for quality assurance and continuous improvement in services by consolidating licensing authority and improving IT systems tracking critical incidents.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Lousiana Community First Choice Program - 06/20/2012

“The Department of Health and Hospitals, Bureau of Health Services Financing and the Office of Aging and Adult Services propose to replace the current [Long-Term Personal Care Services] LT-PCS Program by adopting provisions to establish Community First Choice Option services as a covered service under the Medicaid state plan. The LT-PCS Program shall be terminated upon the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' approval of the corresponding [Community First Choice Option] CFCO state plan amendment.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Louisiana's ESEA Flexibility Request - 05/29/2012

“By submitting this flexibility request, the SEA requests flexibility through waivers of the ten ESEA requirements listed below and their associated regulatory, administrative, and reporting requirements by checking each of the boxes below. The provisions below represent the general areas of flexibility requested; a chart appended to the document titled ESEA Flexibility Frequently Asked Questions enumerates each specific provision of which the SEA requests a waiver, which the SEA incorporates into its request by reference.” The Louisiana Department of Education’s ESEA flexibility request was approved on May 29, 2012.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

LA New Opportunities Waiver (0401.R02.00) - 07/01/2011

Provides center-based respite, day hab, employment related training, supported employment, supported living, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment and supplies, adult companion care, community integration and development, environmental accessibility adaptations, housing stabilization, housing stabilization transition, individual and family support, one-time transitional, PERS, professional services, remote assistance, substitute family care for individuals w/autism, IID, MR ages 3 - no max age.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Louisiana Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

"The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The… program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Louisiana CMS HCBS Final Rule and OCDD’s Transition Plan

This presentation aims to build a common understanding of CMS HCBS Community Rule related to settings and present the Transition Plan for the Louisiana Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD). It highlights individual and group supported employment as a employment approach for people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Money Follows the Person

In Louisiana, the Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration is known as My Place Louisiana. “The Louisiana Medicaid Office is working with the Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) and the Office of Aging and Adult Services (OAAS) to implement My Place Louisiana which is a ten-year (2008-2018) project focusing on Medicaid funding and following participants in transitioning from nursing facilities, hospitals and ICFs/DD to home and community–based living services.”

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)